Erykah Badu “Couldn’t Imagine A Music World Without Bilal” (Video)

With Bilal‘s ears burning right next to her, Erkyah Badu speaks on being introduced to Bilal Oliver and his music by Common and the special place his debut album, 1st Born Second, has in her DNA.

“It’s hard to listen to it… It makes me sad because of things I remember at that time – and I get happy about some things….” she says, breaking off to sing parts of ‘Love Poems’ and ‘When Will You Call’ before adding, “I just know them all.”

“As we became better and better friends we became like brother and sister. He’s my brother – we talked about so many things, we feel the same way about music and sound and growing and he’s given me so much good advice…

“We’ve seen each other grown – definitely – and evolve into the thing that we are right now. And I love Bilal very very much,” Badu says.

“I couldn’t imagine a music world without him – without his voice. I’ve never heard another voice in that way and soon the whole world will know about it.”

Bilal’s national US Tour kicks off tonight in Philadelphia – click for tourdates.
His new album Airtight’s Revenge is out today. [Buy: iTunes / Amazon]

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